Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ceremony to Honor Tjoflat Circuit's Chief Judge Recognized for Service

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ceremony to Honor Tjoflat Circuit's Chief Judge Recognized for Service

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BRUNSWICK -- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White

will make some local history today when he takes the bench for

the first time ever in U.S. District Court for the Southern

District of Georgia.

White is not in Brunswick to judge some weighty matter. There

is nothing in dispute today.

He will join other federal judges and lawyers in a ceremony

honoring Gerald B. Tjoflat of Jacksonville, Fla., who is in the

final year of a sevenyear stint as chief judge of the 11th

Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tjoflat was appointed to a District Court judgeship in 1970 by

President Richard Nixon. Six years later, President Gerald Ford

appointed Tjoflat to what was then the 5th Circuit Court of

Appeals. The 11th Circuit was carved out of the 5th in 1981.

Tjoflat became chief of the circuit in October 1989.

The 3:30 p.m. tribute to Tjoflat will be in the Anthony A.

Alaimo Courtroom, with the senior U.S. District judge for whom

it is named presiding. …

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